Arnold Schwartzman, OBE, Filmmaker, Designer, Author
(Designer of the CTC logo)
London-born Arnold Schwartzman is an Academy Award® winning filmmaker and noted graphic designer. He moved to Hollywood in 1978 to become the Design Director for Saul Bass and Associates.
In 1982, Schwartzman was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Since 1996, he has designed many of the key elements for the Annual Academy Awards® ("Oscar®"), including commemorative posters, billboards, cinema trailers and printed programs for the Awards ceremony and Governors Ball.
Schwartzman began his design career in British television, moving on to become the concept planning executive for Erwin Wasey Advertising, London, where he won awards for his television commercials for Coca-Cola and Philips Electrical, and in 1968 he joined the board of Conran Design Group, London, as the Graphics Director.
In addition to his design work, Schwartzman is the Producer, Director and Screenwriter of a number of films, including his Academy Award winning documentary feature film Genocide (1981). He has created a number of short video exhibits for the Museum of Tolerance, as well as a permanent eight-screen video exhibit on the achievements of American Jewry, and a "Time Line" mural on American Jewish history, for the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
In 2002 Schwartzman was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to the British film industry in the U.S.A. He is also a Governor of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA), and serves on the Board of Hollywood Heritage, Inc.
Schwartzman has lectured extensively on graphic design and film at many of the leading art institutions throughout the world.
Read an interview with Arnold, concerning his mural on the Cunard ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth.
Schwartzman is the author of a number of books, including:
* Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone (Harry N. Abrams, 1993)
* Phono-Graphics: The Visual Paraphernalia of the Talking Machine (Chronicle Books,1993)
* Designage: The Art of the Decorative Sign (Chronicle Books, 1998)
* Flicks: How The Movies Began (a three-dimensional book on the subject of pre-cinema history) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2001)
* Deco Landmarks (Chronicle Books, 2005)
* Persistence Of Vision (Images Publishing, 2005)
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